Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Blue Ridge Beauty

Do you remember this quilt top I made a while back? It's Bonnie's Blue Ridge Beauty pattern, with a different border treatment. I love love love this quilt, and some day will have to make another one for myself.

Last year I gave it to my Mum with the promise that I'd quilt it up for her - and so far I haven't gotten it done. Last night I thought it would be really nice if I could have it done before Mothers Day. I pinned it this morning, and I've started quilting, so I'll see how far I get before other things get in the way. I have offered to have the family over for a BBQ on Sunday, so I'll also have to get the house 'company ready' in addition to working on Wednesday and Thursday. Even if I don't quite make it, I'm sure Mum will be pleased that it's in progress.

On Jeana's Journal, there is a post regarding personal economies and what we do to pinch pennies. I thought I'd quickly share one of my favourite things. I often piece batts together. Last night I pieced the batt together for the blue and cream quilt, and it used 22 smaller pieces. Last month I also pieced together a batt for the Cinnamon Christmas quilt, and that one used 25 smaller pieces. It feels like I've got free batt when I do this - and it means I can save the money toward some more fabric or thread, which are the parts of a quilt that we actually do see. I must admit - I'm also curious to know what other people do in the spirit of economy.

Have a great day! x o x

17 comments:

ForestJane said...

You're going to get that done in a WEEK? Better give the kids the cord to the computer and tell them to hide it.... LOL

Chookyblue...... said...

love the look of this quilt and the colours you have chosen.........

Amanda said...

I have reached the point where I now have enough wadding scraps that I can start to piece them together. I'm interested to know how you went about this?

Joyce said...

I love that quilt too. I also would like to know how you piece the batts. Do you use the sewing machine? I have done some using the serger flatlock stitch. I had very little success doing it by hand.

Beth said...

I am a batting piecer too! I feel SO smug when I use one..hehehehe I like to take the left over strips from my backing (I ran on of backing on the frame once..I would not recommend it! Now I add at least 8 inches extra on the length) and seam them together. Now every 6-7 quilts I have a free scrappy back ready for a scrappy top. Eventually that will end up in the crumb drawer! I think I will do a tutorial on that and on piecing batting...hmmm off to find the camera!

Mary said...

Gorgeous! BUT, I can't believe you piece so many pieces together for your batting. I also piece leftover batting but only 2-3 pieces per quilt. Since I buy my batting on the roll, I always have leftover end pieces which I piece together for my smaller donation quilts. I can't even imagine doing 20+ pieces!

jovaliquilts said...

How do you piece the batting? I have read directions for several different methods, and just heard on a Fons & Porter tip (I think) to use some fusible interfacing to iron the pieces together. I haven't tried any method yet, but I've been saving the pieces.

floribunda said...

lovely quilt! you'll have to tell us what kind of quilting you're doing...

McIrish Annie said...

Yes, I would be interested in how you piece your batting. i save all my pieces and try to use them for small projects but never pieced many together for a big quilt.

A look into my crystal ball and I see a tutorial in your future!!!

Robyn said...

You go girl!!
Good luck with getting it done by or before Mothers Day.
This is what wew quilters do....lol

Everything you do is lovely!!

Anonymous said...

awesome, awesome, someone is gonna make mum happy on Sunday. Good luck with your quilting. No was spotlight clean and tidy when you went the other day???????????????? Looking forward to seeing a piccie of shop sample... name that fabric 24th April post.

Carol said...

The quilt is beautiful and the colors just sing!

Michelle said...

I love your blue ridge beauty quilt. I might just have to make one too! :)

Rose Marie said...

Usually, I piece my smaller pieces of batting together for wall hangings or bags; but tend to use full size batts for my larger quilts. Still love that quilt and the border effect! I just whip stitch the pieces together.

Marcie said...

The quilt for your mom turned out great! I can't beleive you still have blue and cream for the star quilt! Lovely combination!

Vanessa said...

I love your quilt - it is stunning!

Yvette said...

I love your Blue Ridge Beauty! I just went through my stash and some friends to collect my blue's and creams. I think I have enough for 2. LOL!!! I am going to save your picture because I really love your border.

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